Thursday, August 17, 2017

Grizzly Bear, oh my!

This was several weeks back on our way up to Crandall.  Just past Russell Creek this Grizzly bear was foraging in the bushes,  not more than 20 feet off the highway.   Not another soul around, so we turned the truck around to take a look and some photos.  He or she did not seem to be bothered at all by our truck and Rugers squeals of joy and excitement.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Changing every time I get up there….

 West end of our new home.  This was taken a few weeks back.  I have not been up there since then but the metal roof is probably now on,  they were working on the whatever you call the edge and the soffit when I was up there.  
This end faces the east.  My sewing room is the 3 windows.  North and south also have windows,  really big.  Loving it!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

June Fire

 The June Fire is burning up  the North Fork  and we have certainly gotten some beautiful sunsets and sunrises from that fire.   I had the sunset from the cabin on here but have changed the photo to the actual sunrise during the June Fire.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017


I try to keep up to date on my blog but recently I have been really distracted.  1st Russ's Truck had to have 3 injectors put in, 2  something was banging around in the wheel of my truck,  fearing it was the bearings we took that in to the shop.   #3,  we went to Crandall for less than 24 hours, our intention was to stay for 4 days but as things go we had to come back,  thank goodness I had left the water on in the pond,   I lost all my huge goldfish,  and now have a leak somewhere in the top area.  Last but not the least,  #4, I walked into our spare bedroom and the floor was soaked with water.  Our air conditioner is in our attic, the pump stopped working,  we do not use that room much and leave the door closed most of the time.  Who knows how long that was leaking, on my antique' quilts, my traditional quilts, prints, shoes, clothes.  Long enough for things to grow that nasty mold.  So,  we are lucky to have a great company locally that is cleaning up the wet, mold, and uck!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The dream is now a visible Reality...

 This is looking West.  The lower level is a window opening, a "man" door and 2 garage door openings.  The lower level is for Russ and his wood working.  As well as his truck.
This photo is looking up from the cabin area.   That big window opening on the left is my sewing room.  Actually, that entire end 17' wide by 30' long is my sewing room.  Love it!! lots of natural light and what a view.  Lots to inspire!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crandall home…...

 This end of the new home is where my sewing room will be,  16' X 30'.  Of course the lower level will be Russ's woodshop and garage.
 This is the view from what will be the front door area.
 The side view looking east
 This is the view toward Russ's garage, you can see my garage is done and on the upper level of the driveway.
This is what will be the view from our living room/ kitchen area.  Pilot/Index Mountain.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

On a roll..

 Even I am amazed at how many unfinished quilts I have finished this year.   I believe this one was started either in 2004 or 2005.  I have learned a lot with every quilt I have done this one taught me that I love wool but although this is not a huge quilt it is very heavy.   I had all of it done but the binding when I found it again.  Could not find any of that wool left-over so found the perfect color in cotton, and that is the only cotton on this quilt, even the batting is wool.  I applied the basket and flower pieces with hand embroidery.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

So it begins……..

 We started building our home in Crandall, Wyoming.  The view is awesome.  This is the block walls for the lower level.  Concrete was poured into those walls May 31st.  Russ will work on the floor for this level, it will include 2 garage areas, a woodshop, and a dog bathing area. (yes, Teton and Ruger get a special bathing area)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Another unfinished quilt…finished!!

I started this quilt I believe about 6-7years ago.  It was a Bible Study.  I enjoyed the study and really love having this quilt as a visual reminder not to forget my Bible studies.  I quilted this all those years ago,  and then decided to add crystal and jewels, unfortunately I used a glue to attach those items,  when I was finished, I hated the look.  So I removed them,  the glue would not come off, so it ended up unfinished.  I was going through a closet in my sewing room and uncovered it,  decided this was never going to be a gift,  I could add more flowers, more hearts, more leaves and stems, for me I  did not need to sew them down, and they would cover the glue.  Love the end result!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Just a little rock in the driveway

We have started out new home, (May 6th the date of this photo)  We have orange marks for the backhoe to clear the dirt and the rocks out of the way for the the lower level walls.   This particular rock was in the middle of the driveway.  We built our garage last summer. Smoothing out the driveway this one would not move with the bobcat.  The neighbor brought his backhoe over and dug this one as well as another smaller one out of the driveway.  We will use them as "landscape art"

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace

The entire  'Fly Me to the Moon' Quilt exhibit  was at the UQSM May 4-6th.   I was humbled to have my 2 quilts juried into this exhibit. This exhibit will travel to many countries,  I  was happy to have the opportunity to see it in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Not all quilts in this exhibit will go to all of the scheduled shows, so being able to see it so close and with all the quilts, was something I could not miss.  I was lucky to have 2 of my favorite friends join me in the experience.  I do  have to express how it gave me an overwhelming feeling of  honor to have given a part of history another look through my fiber eyes.   

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fabric of Memory is on the move..

This quilt is one of two I donated to the Heart Mountain Foundation.  Total there are 22 quilts donated by 17 artist.  Our 1st stop is the Crazy Mountain Museum in Big Timber, Montana.  They hope to have it up and showing for the museums opening Memorial weekend.   Below is my 2nd quilt in this exhibit.   A window into  the Japanese Americans, interned, yet trying to make a hard situation have some "normal" life to it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Junk Journal for John and Emily

 I had to wait on "show and tell" for this.  I made it for Emily and John as a wedding gift.  The pages are fun,  and I will add another photo of a page or 2 later,  I added pockets, some with fabric, vinyl, paper, and envelopes.  I also added some fun, and very funny journals, and letters, schoolwork that John did in grade and middle school.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

John and Emily's Family Tree

I can show and tell this quilt now, this gift is now living in Alaska.   I designed this quilt for my son and his now wife.  I had been tossing around the idea of making my own.  Just so happens that Emily thought it would be wonderful, so I made it for her and John.   It was not as easy to make as I thought,  I probably spent a full 2 weeks just doing this tree.  I made a lot of mistakes, and when I put the leaves on with the names I managed to mess those up as well.  I am not sure about how I placed the family on the tree but it works for me,   I added the beads as a color coding to how they each individual is related to John or Emily and now both.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wild Horses

The horse is totally thread painted,  I really like this quilt.  I gave this one to son John when he became a Vet.  I may have had it on this blog before but it is pretty and worth another share.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Not in Wyoming

"Not in Wyoming"  is a quilt originally much larger.  I cut it down because I liked the beach part and the big ocean took away from the beach.   It is now about 10"X12"  It hangs in our Crandall cabin.  A little reminder that we have beautiful mountains,  wonderful hiking, deer, lions, moose and bear. We even have a beach,  just not an ocean beach.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Old Trail Town quilt

The bunny is another thread painting.   The theme for this TAGY challenge was "Old Trail Town"  Lots of old log cabins, which are represented by the traditional looking log cabin block background,  the bunny,  after we all had visited, I was one of the last to leave Old Trail Town,  and the rabbits started coming out from under the porches and around the rocks.  So,  I used those as my inspiration.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beautiful walk

I walk every morning,  and this is just one photo I have taken on that walk.   This was last fall but thought it worth a share.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Teton turns 10 years old this year.

She did not start out being our dog,  but when we brought her home,  she did belong with us.  We have learned a lot about Teton since she became part of our family. ( 6 years now) She loves to be brushed, she loves giving dog kisses,   she will "belly up" anytime and anywhere for a rub.  She whines when she wants something and when it is time for our morning walk, well she is the very best at howling.  She is loved and she is a sweet member of our fur family.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Loving my morning walk

 I walk every morning, the same walk.  Sometimes with Russ, but every morning with our dogs.  It is always a good way to start the day. Always so beautiful.  Makes me start my day appreciating where I live.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

'Where's my Mama?'

This is the companion piece to the 'Deep Sea Fishing' quilt I published last week.  This little guy 
is thread painted, and with a little paint I shadowed parts of the egg. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deep sea fishing

This was the 1st quilt (but not the last) that I  totally took apart and re-did.  The Turtles were one side of a 2 sided quilt.  I think about 24" wide X 6ft long. Part of an exhibit called 'Under the Sea'   No place to hang a 6 ft quilt,  I took it apart. 
This one has a companion piece that is much smaller, (stay tuned, next week)  They are both thread painted, quilted and then attached to a canvas background.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Poor Baby Jackson'

This is a thread painting of my cat Jackson.  I adopted Jackson 10 years ago.  He had been brought into the vet clinic in very bad shape.  After 6-8 weeks of recovery at the vet, I brought him home.  The vet thought he was probably 2-3 years old at the time I adopted him.  So he is now probably about 12-13 years.  I have noticed he is pretty thinned down.  He is a lot more social.  Always needs to be sitting on me, or at least very near me.  He does not climb our 6 foot fence to hunt anymore.  He tolerates our dog Ruger and loves our dog Teton.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

2nd HERstory quilt "Aretha"

 This is the 2nd quilt juried into the HERstory exhibit.   I titled it "Aretha"  because just that one name is recognizable around the world.  In my research I learned so much about this beautiful soul of a lady.  I am honored that my interpretation of her has been juried into this show.   Below is the close-up of her

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Through the Lens"

 Dorothea Lange was a photographer that took photos during the "dust bowl "era and many of those from the Japanese/ American Internment.  I fell in love with her work when I curated an exhibit at The Heart Mountain Internment Center.  This quilt has been juried into the HERstory quilt exhibit.  The above photo is a close up.  Below the entire quilt.  this was a 1st for me,  a quilt in gradations of Black to White.  One of my all time favorites.

Stay tuned, next week the 2nd quilt that was juried into this HERstory quilt exhibit.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

NQA no more,

This was the last Sew Batik Challenge for the National Quilt Association I made.  I loved doing these challenges but the NQA is no more.  The moose and trees are thread painted.  Sometimes when I look at this piece the moose looks like it is turning toward me and other times it is just crossing, not an intentional optical illusion but a fun one. The blue water is the fabric that was required and furnished by the challenge.  The theme was "Down by the River"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Again….White poppies

I know I have put this on my blog before but I think it worth another go.  I had started this many years ago, just a few years ago pulled it out to finish it.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Elephants at the zoo

This was a huge elephant at the zoo.  Was also a surprise when water squirted out of the trunk.  Funnier yet was that they got off the trunk to check it out and it would not squirt again.  Lots of fun was had that day.